The Fall of the House of Usher

Madeline's long lasting illness baffled her doctors. She seemed to lose interest in life and phyically she would occasionally experience a cataleptical seizure.

What does "Cataleptical" mean

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In a state in which conscienceness and feeling are lost in which the body assumes a death-like rigidity.

-from "The Fall of the House of Usher" A settled apathy; a gradual wasting away of a person and frequent although transient affections of a partially cataleptical character worthy unusual diagnosis.

-from "The Fall of the House of Usher"